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A bank robber became popular because he destroyed people’s mortgages from the banks he robbed!


Pretty Boy Floyd was an infamous Depression-era, American bank robber. Born Charles Arthur Floyd in Georgia, he was one of seven children. His parents were farmers, and the family was extremely poor. At first, Floyd attempted to be a farmer as well, but once he failed at this, he turned to a life of crime.

He was arrested at age 18 for a payroll robbery and vowed to never steal again. The allure was too much for him though, and he went on to continue robbing banks.

He began in Ohio with a group of gangsters and was known for being reckless with his machine gun. From there, he moved on to robbing banks in Oklahoma, Kentucky and and Michigan.

During his robbing spree in Oklahoma, it is said that bank insurance rates doubled. Perhaps because of his poor upbringing, Floyd became known for destroying mortgage papers at some of the banks he robbed and ridding many people of debt.

Some dubbed him the "Robin Hood of the Cooksoon Hills." This somewhat endeared himself to the public. It did not save him from the FBI though. In 1934 after robbing a bank, Floyd was shot and killed by FBI agents during a chase.

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Montpelier, VT is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.


Although it seems ubiquitous, McDonald's is not really everywhere. The state capital of Vermont, which is also the smallest by population, has the unique characteristic of being the only state capital in the United States that does not have a McDonald's franchise within city limits.

If you want your BigMac fix, you're going to have to drive 4.44 whole miles to the next town over and if you want the double decker.

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35% of the population is born without wisdom teeth.


If you're like this writer, your mouth may have never gotten the memo that it was supposed to grow wisdom teeth.

On the other hand, you might be one of the many people subjected to having them removed. Well for those who fear becoming the latter of the two, it looks like evolution is running in your favor- we're gradually losing our wisdom teeth.

Scientists are a bit puzzled over the disappearance of wisdom teeth because they are the only ones to develop entirely after birth, and thus it is harder for nature to select against them.

The way these teeth grow is by the tooth building tissue slowly moving to the back of the jaw to start the process. When this doesn't happen, wisdom teeth don't grow.

Some scientists are aiming to outright get rid of these teeth permanently. Because wisdom teeth don't start to appear for a dozen or so years, they think it's possible to use a laser or chemical to prevent the teeth from growing.

It's been estimated that two thirds of wisdom teeth removal surgeries aren't necessary, and given the great deal of pain that comes with removing them, many believe preventing their growth altogether is a good idea.

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Oreo cookies are actually knock-offs of a brand called Hydrox!


Although to be fair, “Oreo” does sound a lot more welcoming than “Hydrox.”

Hydrox is the brand name for a crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookie produced by Sunshine Biscuits. It debuted in 1908. Oreos however did not come around until about 1912. They were inspired by Hydrox and yet most people began to think that Hydrox cookies were the knockoffs. Compared to Hydrox, Oreo had a “tangy, less-sweet filling” and crunchier cookie, so that it better complemented milk.

Hydrox however, was in the market until about 1999 when it was replaced with a similar product called “Droxies.” The Carvel ice-cream franchise still sells ice-cream goods manufactured with “Hydrox” cookie crumbs, using the cookies’ all-kocher status as a selling pint since the original Oreo recipe uses lard.

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Britain has a lot of 'Ghost Trains' going around the country. Learn what they are


The British train system has a curious little kink in it: there's a number of 'ghost trains.' What are these ghost trains? They're lines that run in the middle of the night, with obscure scheduling so that no one knows about them. If you happen to spot one and want to buy a ticket for them, the conductors will try to talk you out of it.

Why do they exist? Apparently closing down a rail line is a very costly and time-consuming process that's full of bureaucracy and protests. Instead of going through that, they just keep the lines running.

The phenomenon is so large and mysterious, that there are people who hunt these trains and wait for them taking photos. They call themselves 'Ghosties" who travel the land looking for these trains.

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